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Lopez Island Bike Camping: Last minute camping!

It’s summer! Summer is awesome around here! One thing that is not so awesome about summer is crowded places and full campgrounds and limited options if you didn’t plan months ahead of time, and sometimes you just want to be spontaneous! Enter Lopez Island bike camping, the perfect solution...

Cedar Butte Hike: Mellow and less crowded

Looking for a close to town hike with a decent view through the forest that has less crowds than some of the other close to town hikes? If so, the Cedar Butte hike might be the trail for you! At approximately 4 miles round trip and 900 feet of...

Lower Eastside Trail Loop Hike in Mt Rainier

When the roads on the East side of Mt Rainier National Park open (usually in late May) until they close in the first heavy snows of fall (sometime in November), this Lower eastside trail loop hike in Mt Rainier is the perfect way to get away from crowds, and...

Things to do in Skagway Alaska

By now, dear reader, you know how deep and life long my love of the Pacific Northwest is, being born and raised in Seattle. I also spent 7 years living in Alaska and have a deep love and connection to this place as well. Skagway is a favorite place...

How to Visit the Hoh Rainforest

People travel from all over the world to visit the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park with good reason! In this post I’ll share how to get there, when to go, where to stay, what to do while you’re there and what to pack for your Hoh rainforest adventure....

Winter Day trip to Olympic National Park

Last week we talked about a winter day trip to Mt Rainier National Park and today we’re going to follow that up with everything you need to know for an awesome winter day trip to Olympic National Park! Olympic is extremely busy in the summer. A winter visit avoids...

Olympic National Park Itinerary: 3 Day Olympic Peninsula Road Trip

This Olympic National Park Itinerary for a three day road trip gives you good taste of the unique ecosystems of the park and includes a taste of the many unique ecosystems in just three days including sweeping mountain vistas, cascading waterfalls, hot springs, towering ancient old growth forests, and wild...

3 Places to Avoid Crowds in Mt Rainier

Mt Rainier National Park is a wildly popular national park with locals and visitors alike. The opportunity to get up close and personal with an active volcano is a unique opportunity not to be missed. In addition to the mountain itself, Mt Rainier has fairy tale wildflower meadows, dazzling...

Tiger Mountain Trail North

I’ve previously talked about Tiger Mountain here as a close to town, year round hiking option with a wide variety of trails. The Tiger Mountain Trail North is one of many trails on Tiger Mountain, and this hike was on the north portion of the trail. It’s important to...

Summer Day Trip to Olympic National Park Beaches and Forest

Olympic National Park is a wonderful road trip getaway from Seattle, but if you only have one day to see the park or just want to get out of town for a day, it makes a great day trip too! A summer day trip to Olympic National Park means...